DIVARTY commmander’s residence is ‘crested’

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The DIVARTY leadership team of Col. Christopher Cardoni (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Cabrera unveil the crest at Cardoni’s Schofield Barracks residence after a decade of absence during deactivation.

The DIVARTY leadership team of Col. Christopher Cardoni (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Cabrera unveil the crest at Cardoni’s Schofield Barracks residence after a decade of absence during deactivation.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Amanda J. Robinson
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Division Artillery held a traditional cresting ceremony on the evening of Aug. 14, at the DIVARTY commander’s residence.

 
“This marks the first time since 2005, when the 25th DIVARTY was deactivated, that the DIVARTY crest was affixed to quarters, here,” said Col. Christopher J. Cardoni, commander.

 
The DIVARTY crest is a lightning bolt superimposed on a taro leaf. The taro leaf shape of the shoulder patch reflects the birth of the 25th ID from elements of the famous Hawaiian Division; the bolt of lightning symbolizes speed and aggressive spirit; and crossed cannons represent the profession of field artillerymen who provide the thunder.

 
This ceremony served as the formal unveiling of the unit crest, and finally, an opportunity for key leaders to come together and celebrate the colors.

 
Also, with DIVARTY meeting full operational capability and integrating two extraordinary battalions (2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, “On Time,” and the 3-7th FA Regt., “Never Broken,”), the cresting ceremony was the capstone event for the brigade, along with the official announcement of the battalions being integrated into the Tropic Thunder Brigade.

 
“I felt is was fitting to conduct the cresting as a way to take part in creating our shared identity as fire supporters in the Tropic Lightning Division, and not just field artillery Soldiers in different units,” explained Cardoni.

History of the DIVARTY

 
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 25th ID Artillery, was constituted Aug. 26, 1941. The unit was activated on Oct. 1, 1941, in the territory of Hawaii.

 
During World War II, Army nondivisional field artillery units within the Pacific area were almost nonexistent until 1944. Although nondivisional army field artillery units were not used on Guadalcanal, the XIV Corps Artillery commander coordinated the artillery battalions of the 25th ID and the 2nd Marine Division to maximize field artillery support. From this point on, the 25th ID artillery units played a vitally important role in the Pacific.

 
During the Korean War, DIVARTY entered the Korean conflict, from Japan, July 2, 1950. By Aug. 13, 1950, all of the 25th’s Field Artillery Battalions had arrived in Korea, and the guns of 25th DIVARTY played a major role in what was deemed the first attack by Tropic Lightning and the first sizeable victory by U.S. Forces.

 
In Vietnam, 25th DIVARTY fought alongside the rest of the division units with five artillery battalions in a combined 59 campaigns, decisively engaging in operations to destroy the elusive enemy, including the Tet Offensive of 1968, and against enemy sanctuaries in Cambodia in 1970. By April 1971, all division units had returned to Hawaii.

 
DIVARTY’s last deployment was to  Afghanistan, June 2004. It was tasked with voter registration site security, training/equipping the Afghan National Police and security forces, and continuing reconstruction projects. On June 1, 2005, DIVARTY successfully completed its mission and returned. As part of the Army transformation taking place at the time, Headquarters and Headquarters Bn., 25th DIVARTY, was deactivated Nov. 15, 2005.

 

(Editor’s note: Robinson is the chemical officer at 25th DIVARTY.)

Deployment history of 25th DIVARTY

Campaign participation

World War II: Central Pacific; Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons; Luzon

Korean War: UN Defensive; UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF

Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea, Summer-Fall;

1952 Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer 1953

Vietnam: Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet

Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive,

Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary

Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII

Decorations

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1968

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for MASAN-CHINJU

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for MUNSAN-NI

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966-1968

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1968-1970

Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1966-1970

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